Contrary to rumors that may be spreading on social media, Mike Pence, a former vice president, did not register to run for president in 2024.
But it seems like some random Indiana man with the same name did.
On Monday, rumors that “Mike Pence” had filed to run for president in 2024 started to spread, but some outlets, including the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times, were duped before confirming with the former vice president’s office. Devin O’Malley, the former vice president’s director of communications, eventually clarified the situation.
In response to DC Examiner Christian Datoc’s tweet, Devin O’Malley stated that former vice president Mike Pence had not declared his candidacy for president today.
Former Vice President Mike Pence did not file to run for President today. https://t.co/DV7PjhTD6X— Devin O'Malley (@devin_omalley) December 26, 2022
Odd story.— Bobby Burack (@burackbobby_) December 26, 2022
An FEC filing shows Mike Pence filed to run for President in 2024. Various outlets have since written headlines with the news.
Now, Pence’s team says it wasn’t him, that he didn’t file. pic.twitter.com/cjHnhRsUHm
Later, Datoc removed his tweet and made it clear that it wasn’t the former vice president who submitted the FEC application:
Although the identity of the “Mike Pence” who registered with the FEC is still unknown, the brief misunderstanding does not necessarily suggest that the former vice president will not run for office again in 2024. Pence stated to Breitbart News earlier this year that he would “give prayerful thought” to a potential candidacy for the White House following the 2022 midterm elections. He is positioned third in the polls, after Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
2024 National Republican Primary:— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) December 23, 2022
T. Scott 1%
R. Scott 1%
At this point, with less than two years until the general election and more than a year until the first primaries and caucuses, it is still unclear what would transpire in a possibly crowded 2024 field.